Tips for Parents Instructing Their Children to Drive

Although it seemed like it would never come, the day when children are young adults ready to learn how to drive creeps up much quicker than most expect. Instead of being a nervous wreck through the entire experience, it’s important that drivers close to these future drivers—specifically parents—encourage good habits and practices through effective and helpful instruction. The purpose of this article isn’t to tell parents what to teach their children about driving (as most are very knowledgeable about road navigation), but rather to provide some helpful tips for implementing and conveying this knowledge. Let’s take a look at some helpful tips for parents who are instructing their children on how to drive!

Don’t Give Lessons with Friends or Siblings in the Vehicle

Although many parents won’t think twice about it, giving drivers-in-training instructions while their friends or siblings are present isn’t recommended. One small error (and there will be at least one small error) will almost certainly cause this friend or sibling to make a joke at the driver’s expense. And when the driver inevitably becomes aggravated and responds, the chain and use of the joke will continue for quite a while, creating a very frustrating situation! Moreover, practicing drivers aren’t yet acclimated with the road enough to handle being distracted by other passengers; while it’s never good to be distracted while driving, this distraction now, as the driver isn’t ready to navigate the road freely, is at a much higher risk of causing an accident.

Don’t Yell, Scream, or Act Nervously

Yelling, screaming, or acting nervously in any other way will certainly distract drivers and deter from the overall lesson at hand (in addition to causing unnecessary stress). Whenever a parent is feeling nervous about his or her young driver’s navigation, there should be clear and helpful instructions given to eliminate this poor driving and nervousness—not useless verbal and physical cues which will only work to create lower-quality driving!

Don’t Be Overbearing

While it might be hard not to, parents should refrain from becoming overbearing in the instruction of a learning driver. Sure, this young driver probably should have put his or her turn signal on a while ago, should try and take the corner turns a bit slower, along with many other specific driving practices. But as long as they’re largely non-dangerous, these errors should be brought to light in a timely and stress-free fashion; rattling everything that he or she is doing incorrectly off at once will not only reduce the quality of the learning experience, but cause a reliance and attentiveness to instruction, as opposed to the road. Simply voicing complaints in helpful, courteous, and non-overwhelming ways will help to assure that they are actually heard by the driver.

The above tips will go a long way to helping parents instruct their learning drivers. Remember to take the duty seriously, as the culmination of these lessons and experiences on the road will largely determine what type of driver one is. Good luck teaching the driver-in-training, and remember to enjoy the ride—before long he or she will be driving to college!